1 But behold, there shall be many—at that day when I shall proceed to do a marvelous work among them, that I may remember my covenants which I have made unto the children of men, that I may set my hand again the second time to recover my people, which are of the house of Israel; [Speaking of not only the Jews, but the Remnant of Jacob. This has yet to occur.]
2 And also, that I may remember the promises which I have made unto thee, Nephi, and also unto thy father, that I would remember your seed; and that the words of your seed should proceed forth out of my mouth unto your seed [Mormon and Moroni]; and my words shall hiss forth [shall be spread by the power of God] unto the ends of the earth, for a standard unto my people, which are of the house of Israel;
Whenever I read the “House of Israel” I think of the literal sons and daughters of light, those who made the Everlasting Covenant before birth. Only a small portion of those who inhabit this earth have made this covenant. These are the Elect, and they respond to the message. In the very last days, as the Gatherers are sent out in the midst of the judgments of God upon the world, the Elect will be gathered to them and receive the Doctrine of Christ in its fullness.
3 And because my words shall hiss forth—many of the Gentiles shall say: A Bible! A Bible! We have got a Bible, and there cannot be any more Bible. [Its important to mention that the word Bible did not exist to Nephi. This was Joseph Smith’s word to represent a book of scripture from the hand of the Jews.]
4 But thus saith the Lord God: O fools, they shall have a Bible; and it shall proceed forth from the Jews, mine ancient covenant people. And what thank they the Jews for the Bible which they receive from them? Yea, what do the Gentiles mean? [What does it mean to be a Gentile?] Do they remember the travails, and the labors, and the pains of the Jews, and their diligence unto me, in bringing forth salvation unto the Gentiles? [Do they appreciate the sacrifices of the early Jews such as Paul, Peter, the apostles and early converts from Judaism?]
5 O ye Gentiles, have ye remembered the Jews, mine ancient covenant people? Nay; but ye have cursed them, and have hated them, and have not sought to recover them. But behold, I will return all these things upon your own heads; for I the Lord have not forgotten my people. [Many Christians today look with great compassion upon the Jews, and some do not.]
6 Thou fool, that shall say: A Bible, we have got a Bible, and we need no more Bible. Have ye obtained a Bible save it were by the Jews?
7 Know ye not that there are more nations than one? Know ye not that I, the Lord your God, have created all men, and that I remember those who are upon the isles of the sea; and that I rule in the heavens above and in the earth beneath; and I bring forth my word unto the children of men, yea, even upon all the nations of the earth? [The Times of the Gentiles began with the 5th Dispensation and was a part of the Eternal Plan of Salvation to provide an opportunity for every person of the children of men to receive the Gospel. These opportunities were coordinated before people are born. Our Lord is ever merciful, and all are invited to partake of the Lord’s full blessings.]
8 Wherefore murmur ye, because that ye shall receive more of my word? Know ye not that the testimony of two nations [people of God] is a witness unto you that I am God, that I remember one nation like unto another? Wherefore, I speak the same words unto one nation like unto another. [If it comes from Jesus, it will be the same message. Not a different theology.] And when the two nations shall run together the testimony of the two nations shall run together also.
9 And I do this that I may prove unto many that I am the same yesterday, today, and forever; and that I speak forth my words according to mine own pleasure. And because that I have spoken one word ye need not suppose that I cannot speak another; for my work is not yet finished; neither shall it be until the end of man, neither from that time henceforth and forever.
The Bible is a curious book. It contains the translation of thousands of years of history and much is very simplistic and often lacks context. The use of ancient metaphor and misunderstood customs can confuse and sidetrack the reader, which can lead to unbelief or rejection of the truth. Because it is the nature of man to fall away from truth ever so often, a new dispensation is begun for the purpose of restoring priesthood; in other words, to reestablish God’s relationship with man.
Like the gardener sending his servants to tend to his garden, to nurture and weed away what has encroached upon it, a new dispensation begins with a messenger to start anew. This was part of Joseph Smith’s calling, to lay a foundation of truth that would spread across the world. All things are done by Jehovah for the purpose of establishing the kingdom of the Father and raising up as many souls as will come to Him.
A new dispensation is arising, which will establish a new relationship with God and man before His coming. It is the Dispensation of the Gathering of Israel and will prepare us for His coming and reign upon the earth.
10 Wherefore, because that ye have a Bible ye need not suppose that it contains all my words; neither need ye suppose that I have not caused more to be written.
11 For I command all men, both in the east and in the west, and in the north, and in the south, and in the islands of the sea, that they shall write the words which I speak unto them; for out of the books which shall be written I will judge the world, every man according to their works, according to that which is written. [Yes, many books. the Bible is a mass conglomeration of books written by His prophets. All books written according to God’s commandments by His prophets are scripture to us at any time in the earth’s existence.]
12 For behold, I shall speak unto the Jews and they shall write it; and I shall also speak unto the Nephites and they shall write it; and I shall also speak unto the other tribes of the house of Israel, which I have led away, and they shall write it; and I shall also speak unto all nations of the earth and they shall write it. [That is a broad range of people. Whomever the Lord commands. And the words are usually the same, “Come unto Christ, and know Him.”]
13 And it shall come to pass that the Jews shall have the words of the Nephites, and the Nephites shall have the words of the Jews; and the Nephites and the Jews shall have the words of the lost tribes of Israel; and the lost tribes of Israel shall have the words of the Nephites and the Jews.
14 And it shall come to pass that my people, which are of the house of Israel, shall be gathered home unto the lands of their possessions [Zion]; and my word also shall be gathered in one. [The Library of God’s word among men will be gathered as Zion is established.] And I will show unto them that fight against my word and against my people, who are of the house of Israel, that I am God, and that I covenanted with Abraham that I would remember his seed forever. [The seed of Abraham are the House of Israel and all who are adopted in after receiving the Covenant. These are those will partake of the Tree of Life.]